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NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots Championship Parade Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports



  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: The Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl victory is a prime example of how Bill Belichick is the ultimate game plan coach.
  • Tom Keegan reminds people that Belichick and Brady are inextricably linked, so there’s no point in arguing which man deserves a bigger slice of the credit pie.
  • Bill Reynolds explains why he thinks this might have been Belichick’s finest season.
  • Zack Cox puts Sony Michel’s Super Bowl rookie season for the Patriots into perspective.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots report card in Super Bowl LIII win over L.A.
  • Ryan Hannable reports how the Patriots players were amazed by the crowds at their victory parade. ‘This is beyond my expectations.’
  • Chad Finn writes a nice piece on how “The amazing thing about Boston sports is not, as the song goes, that the good times have never seemed so good. It’s that the good times have been so good for nearly two decades now, and we still haven’t forgotten how to appreciate a good parade.”
  • Evan Lazar had the ride of a lifetime, reporting on the Patriots parade from aboard a duck boat. /Pretty cool.
  • Nik DeCosta-Klipa picks 6 unforgettably Boston moments from the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl victory parade. “Boston. You are insane.”
  • 98.5 The Sports Hub posts a picture of Elandon Roberts trolling Max Kellerman with a clown sign at the parade.
  • Justin Leger captures Duron Harmon taking a shot at Eagles’ Lane Johnson in an Instagram video.
  • Logan Mullen posts a clip of Bill Belichick going nuts after the final play of Super Bowl LIII. /Heard him utter a couple Pete Carroll woo-woo’s too.
  • Arianna MacNeill notes that after the Super Bowl victory, someone changed Millbury’s Goff Street to “Brady St.”
  • Christopher Gavin posts some photos that show how immense the crowd was at the Patriots’ parade.
  • Colin A. Young and Chris Lisinski report how the parade crowd pushed the MBTA to the max.
  • Logan Mullen describes the Patriots enjoying a huge ovation and performing the ceremonial puck drop (or rather, spike) before the Bruins game last night.
  • Matt Vautour details Julian Edelman’s wild three days as Patriots’ Super Bowl MVP.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that the Patriots may not get the typical Thursday night season opener for defending Super Bowl champion.


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Patriots have played 21 extra games over the last eight years. /That’s crazy.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Post-Super Bowl Notes: The Patriot Way on display vs. Rams, Trey Flowers’s free agent value.
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Patriots’ victory parade: Diamond chains, shirtless players and a rolling party.
  • Mitch Goldich (SI) Razor-thin margin of Patriots’ Super Bowl run highlights how small breaks can change legacies.
  • Charlotte Wilder (SI) Tom Brady and the Patriots have redefined what it means to be a dynasty.
  • Peter Schmuck (Chicago Tribune) We love to hate the Patriots, but you can’t deny that they are the NFL’s greatest dynasty.
  • Barry Wilner (AP) With surgical precision, Patriots cause a whole lot of pain.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Starting 11: What Super Bowl LIII can teach us about the future of defense.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 53 Things we learned from Patriots’ 13-3 win over Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
  • Jacob Bogage (Chicago Tribune) 10 numbers that show just how ugly — and boring? — that Super Bowl was.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Julian Edelman is a playoff god. Should he be a Hall of Famer?
  • Kevin Van Valkenburg (ESPN) Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman might not be a Hall of Famer, but he is a star.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Rob Gronkowski saved his greatest Patriots moment for (maybe) his last.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady helped persuade Bill Belichick to try late field goal.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Brian Flores explains Jason McCourty’s game-changing play.
  • Bill Bender (Sporting News) Do Patriots have greatest sports dynasty ever? SN writers agree to disagree.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Super Bowl MVP voting starts before the game ends.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: The Todd Gurley mystery remains unsolved.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Rams went all in to beat the Patriots—and it still wasn’t enough.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Gronk, Le’Veon Bell, and the biggest story lines of the NFL offseason.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) 10 Biggest questions for the NFL offseason: Where will Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell land?
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Patriots offseason questions: What’s next for Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski?
  • Gary Davenport (Bleacher Report) Every NFL team’s biggest hole to fill in 2019 offseason. Patriots: Wide receiver.
  • Tim Rohan (SI) Looking back at the 10 most memorable storylines of the 2018 NFL season.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: From Le’Veon and Foles to free agency and cap games, 10 offseason storylines.
  • Phil Rosenthal (Chicago Tribune) How would the Bears have fared in this Super Bowl? Is Bud Light’s ‘Dilly, Dilly’ campaign over? 20 questions off Sunday’s game.
  • Sara Jane Harris (Sporting News) NFL 100 Super Bowl commercial was shot for free and no player was paid. /Great commercial, but figures.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Power Rankings, way-too-early edition: Let’s not bet against the Patriots again.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Final 2018 power rankings: 1. Patriots (14-5; final regular-season ranking No. 4): They’ll still be here, for maybe another year. Or two.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) NFL Power Rankings Poll: Patriots No. 1, Rams No. 4 After Super Bowl.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL power rankings: Who follows Super Bowl champion Patriots?
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Brian Flores reportedly signed five-year, guaranteed contract in Miami.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Brian Flores reflects on Belichick’s mentorship as he becomes a rival.